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The Fan Carpet’s Anjali Kusre talks to Christine Langan to celebrate 25 Years of BBC Films


25 March 2015

The Fan Carpet's Anjali Kusre sat down with BBC Films head Christine Langan ahead of BBC Films' 25th Anniversay.

Christine Langan is Head of BBC Films, the feature filmmaking arm of the BBC.

After graduating from Cambridge University and a three-year stint in the advertising world, she first made her name at Granada Television, producing the first three series of the award-winning TV show ‘Cold Feet.’  She went on to produce a whole range of projects including Peter Morgan's BAFTA award-winning ‘The Deal’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Dirty Filthy Love’ (a BAFTA TV nominee and RTS winner).

Langan moved into the feature film arena with 2005’s Pierrepoint starring Timothy Spall, for which she received a BAFTA Carl Foreman nomination. The following year, she produced The Queen, a critical and box office hit which garnered Best Actress and Best Screenplay honors at the Golden Globes, Best Film and Best Actress at the BAFTAs (in addition to a Korda Award nomination for Best British Film), and the Best Actress Academy Award® for star Helen Mirren. Langan herself shared Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture.

 

 

In September, 2006, she took up a new role as Executive Producer at BBC Films.  In April, 2009, she became Head of BBC Films, in charge of commissioning, development and production of the division’s entire slate of projects.

Since then, Langan has driven through an impressive range of projects, including titles such as BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award® nominated Saving Mr. Banks from director John Lee Hancock; Stephen Frears’s BAFTA winning and Golden Globe and Academy Award® nominated Philomena; BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman; no.1 hit comedy Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa from director Declan Lowney; Simon Curtis’s Academy Award® nominated My Week with Marilyn; Lynne Ramsay’s intense thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin; Lasse Hallström’s Golden Globe nominated romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; Cary Fukunaga’s gothic romance Jane Eyre; Nigel Cole’s compelling true-life drama Made in Dagenham; Lone Scherfig’s Academy Award® nominated and BAFTA award-winning An Education; Armando Iannucci’s Academy Award® and BAFTA award-nominated In the Loop; Jane Campion’s Academy Award® nominated Bright Star; and Andrea Arnold’s BAFTA award-winning Fish Tank.

Upcoming releases include My Old Lady starring Maggie Smith; James Kent’s powerful WW1 memoir Testament of Youth; Saul Dibb’s Suite Française starring Michelle Williams; X + Y which is directed by Morgan Matthews and stars Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins; Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet; Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd starring Carey Mulligan; The Face of an Angel starring Daniel Brühl, from award-winning director Michael Winterbottom; and Richard Bracewell’s family comedy Bill.

Recent releases include box office hit Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, What We Did On Our Holiday from the creators of the hit BBC comedy series ‘Outnumbered’, Matthew Warchus’ critically acclaimed British comedy drama Pride, and Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw and directed by Hong Khaou.

 

 

About BBC Films
BBC Films is at the forefront of independent filmmaking in the UK, developing and co-producing around eight films a year. Christine Langan is the Head of BBC Films.

Recent releases include box office hit Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, What We Did On Our Holiday from the creators of the hit BBC comedy series ‘Outnumbered’, Matthew Warchus’ award-winning British comedy drama Pride, and Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw and directed by Hong Khaou, as well as My Old Lady written and directed by Israel Horovitz.

Upcoming releases include James Kent’s powerful WW1 memoir Testament of Youth; Saul Dibb’s Suite Française starring Michelle Williams; X + Y directed by Morgan Matthews, which stars Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins; Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet; Carol Morley’s The Falling, starring Maisie Williams; Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd starring Carey Mulligan; Face of an Angel, from director Michael Winterbottom starring Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne; and Bill, Richard Bracewell’s family comedy.

BBC Films has an impressive back catalogue, which includes titles such as BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award® nominated Saving Mr. Banks from director John Lee Hancock; Stephen Frears’s BAFTA winning and Golden Globe and Academy Award® nominated Philomena; BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman; no.1 hit comedy Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa from director Declan Lowney; Simon Curtis’s Academy Award® nominated My Week with Marilyn; Lynne Ramsay’s intense thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin; Lasse Hallström’s Golden Globe nominated romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen; Cary Fukunaga’s gothic romance Jane Eyre; Nigel Cole’s compelling true-life drama Made in Dagenham; Lone Scherfig’s Academy Award® nominated and BAFTA award-winning An Education; Armando Iannucci’s Academy Award® and BAFTA award-nominated In the Loop; Jane Campion’s Academy Award® nominated Bright Star; and Andrea Arnold’s BAFTA award-winning Fish Tank.

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